The Discovery News

February 2016

From Mrs. Bates

Dear Discovery Ridge Families,

Our caring school community has several events throughout the year that are “don’t miss” dates for families to gather together - Discovery Days, Breakfast with Santa and now the DRE MAP Family Fun Night!

This special night will be held on Friday, February 19th. All families kindergarten through fifth grade are invited! This year we will be combining MAP night with many other fun school and PTO activities.

5:30-7:30 p.m. MAP Family Fun Night, Book Fair, Science Fair

6:00-8:00 p.m. PTO Game Night

Mark your calendars now! I hope that your family will be able to join us for this fun, free event!

Happy February!

Mrs. Bates

Upcoming Dates

February Dates

  • February 11th- Valentine's Day Party

(5th grade 10:20-11:20 a.m., 2nd-4th grade 1:15-2:15 p.m. ,K-1st grade 2:20-3:20 p.m.)

  • February 12th & 15th- NO SCHOOL
  • February 19th- PTO Game Night (6-8 p.m.) , MAP Family Fun Night, Book and Science Fair (5:30-7:30 p.m.)
  • February 24th- Spring Picture Day

March Dates

  • March 1st- Hats on Day (look for more information coming home soon)
  • March 3rd- PTO Meeting 6:30 p.m. in the DRE library
  • March 11th- EARLY RELEASE K-12 (K-4 @ 1:35 p.m. 5th grade @ 1:50 p.m.)
  • March 11th- PTO Movie Night
  • March 15th- Spring Concert for 1st grade (Lunders, Kuhn, Reilly, and Kliethermes)
  • March 16th- Spring Concert for 1st grade (Hale, Hubbard, Kilroy, and Bryant)
  • March 18th- NO SCHOOL
  • March 21st-25th- Spring Break

Service Project- Help Needed!

Our DRE students will be participating in a service project by creating Valentine’s Day cards for Veterans in our community. Students will be making the cards during their Valentine’s Day parties on February 11th. We are asking for donations of Valentine’s Day stickers, foam stickers, etc. to decorate the cards. Please send in all donations to your child’s teacher by

February 8th.

DRE Stars Let Their Academic Excellence Shine!

DRE is excited to announce the 6th Annual Spelling Bee champion is Jotham Daniels. Jordon Brown was our second place finalist and Nathan Napoleoni was our third place finalist. All spelling bee participants were outstanding and proudly represented DRE.

The winner of the 1st National Geographic Bee at DRE was Lane Harris. Abby Witzke came in second place. The bee went to 7 rounds with questions ranging from information about states, cities, National Parks, Continents and types of animals in certain areas.

Goal Setting With Our Buddy Classes In The New Year

DRE stars went on a scavenger hunt to review school-wide expectations during the month of January. Students were given clues to figure out that sent them to a location to review expectations for each area of our school. We also had buses come to our school to practice our bus expectations. Our stars did awesome!

During our first few weeks back from winter break, students met with their buddy class to complete a New Years-themed buddy activity. The students reviewed what it means to set goals and how we can achieve those goals in 2016.

Discovery Ridge Elementary Takes #10 in the State

Last year, Discovery Ridge students raised $13,323 during our Jump Rope for Heart campaign for the American Heart Association. Discovery Ridge was the number one school in the Wentzville School District and the top 10 fundraising school in the state of Missouri, saving 288 lives! Our top student, Olivia Fehling raised $515!

Let’s raise $15,000 for the 2015-2016 school year! Our campaign will run through the month of February, Heart Month! It takes heart to be a hero, to make a difference in somebody's life! Let’s do it together!

Please register on line, send a personalized puppy e-card. Click “Puppify Me” on the right-hand side of your Headquarters.

By sending out 10 emails your child will earn a “Mystery Duck”! Information will also be sent home with your child the first week of February!

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DRE Choir will perform at the Liberty High School Basketball Game!

Thursday, Feb. 18th, 7pm

2275 Sommers Road

Lake Saint Louis, MO

Thurs. Feb. 18th 7:00 p.m. tipoff time

Choir arrives at 6:30

Wear your Liberty or DRE spirit wear and stay for the game for FREE

Adult tickets are $4.00 each

New Alert Messages

In an effort to keep all parents informed about their child’s progress in school, the WSD will began sending automated weekly emails with personalized attendance (K-12) and grade information (6-12). This started on Friday, January 28th. Studies show that students are more likely to be successful when they have good attendance and support at home, so this initiative is designed to assist parents in that regard. To check on your student’s progress anytime, simply log in to the Parent Portal. If you don’t have a Parent Portal log in, fill out the Registration Form and bring the completed form to the DRE office in person. You will be asked to show a photo ID when you register. Together, we can help maximize the potential for your child to be successful in school.

PTO Meet the Candidates Night

On Wednesday, February 24th at 6:30 p.m., the DRE PTO will be hosting a Board of Education Meet the Candidates Night. Come learn more about each candidate! The election will be held on April 5th.

Open PTO Board Positions!

There will be open PTO board member positions for the 2016 -2017 school year. Please contact Johanna Pruss ( if you are interested or would like more information. Elections will be held during PTO's April 7th meeting.

Contact us today with your questions, celebrations, or to volunteer!

Laura Bates, Principal

Laurie Zaleuke, Assistant Principal

Jessica Karll, Admin Intern